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Beth Whiteside
A former software professional, Beth now mixes her enthusiasm for instruction and illustration, writing and editing, and design of all kinds in the world of things made with string as Beth Whiteside Design. She's taught classes locally in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, nationally at events like STITCHES since 2005, and online at Annie's Craft Store and Craftsy/Bluprint. Her goal in creating and teaching classes is to further each student's knowledge and skill, opening their mind to new creative possibilities. Her instructional style takes into account the many ways we learn and breaks class content down into manageable chunks that build on one another. Beth's love of teaching is driven by a search for the 'Aha!' moment and she revels in finding new ways to make those light bulbs turn on in her student's heads.


STITCHES West 2017 Market Session Classes
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Friday 10:30 am - 11:30 am     SOLD OUT
FF3 Basic Forget that "Darn"ing Needle for Knit Hems Learn how to hem garments without the fuss of sewing with that "darn" tapestry needle. The knit hem works on either the cast-on or bind-off edge, and Jim will show different ways todo it so you can choose the technique that works best for the garment. Bring double point, straight or circular needles in size US 7, and a ball of classic worsted-weight yarn in a pastel color. 

Note: Comfort with knit, purl, yarn over stitches, as well as picking up stitches and a 3-needle bind off required.
Friday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Friday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
TT38 Easy Stitchapalooza! This class is all about crochet stitches! You'll learn some of my favorite Elmore Crochet (aka extended) stitches, as well as linked stitches and make your very own sampler.

NOTE: Must be able to read written crochet patterns/instructions based on US terminology, identify and execute basic crochet stitches (slip knot, ch, sc, hdc, dc, tr)
Friday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT39 Easy Criss... Cross... Cable! At its most basic, a cable is a group of stitches whose parts swap position every few rows. The maneuvering required to swap stitches is simple to learn. Their complex appearance comes about because of the many ways stitches can be grouped, arranged, and intertwined with other groups. Learn the basics of crossing cables, terminology, and how to work them from written instructions and from a chart.
Materials: 50 yards #4 (worsted-weight) yarn in a light or bright color; US 7 needle; cable needle, any type; basic supplies (scissors, tapestry needle, markers, etc)
Saturday 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm     SOLD OUT
TT8 Basic Knitting in Both Directions Knitting in both directions allows the knitter to see the right side of the work at all times. Since there's no need to turn the work, you save time and effort, especially when working bobbles or entrelac. Learn the basics of knitting and purling when working a row from left to right and ways to work this technique into your everyday knitting.
Saturday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm     SOLD OUT
TT2 Easy Continental Knitting In Continental knitting you tension the yarn in the hand holding the unworked stitches (for most people this is the left hand) and use the other needle to pick stitches through in a quick and efficient manner. Learn the basics of tensioning the yarn and picking the stitches rather than throwing. This great technique can solve a multitude of knitting problems or just be a good companion to the way you already knit. We will learn the knit and purl stitches and have time to practice and discuss how to transition to this useful method of knitting.
Saturday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm     SOLD OUT
CC5 Intermediate Getting Started Stranded Color Learn to work holding 2 colors at the same time! Commonly called Fair Isle knitting, this technique for stranding colors across the back lets you create brightly colored and patterned fabrics. While working on a small bag/hat project, you'll practice getting an even tension (not too tight, not too loose), learn ways to prevent yarns from twisting, and try different holding techniques. Come get a taste of this classic knitting technique!
Note: Students must already be familiar with knitting in the round.
Materials: 2 balls (50 yds each) #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in 2 complementary colors and a US 10½ circular needle 16" long, measured from tip to tip.
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
TT5 Basic Getting Started: Intarsia Vertical stripes without stranding— how can that be? Intarsia, or picture knitting, gives you the means to change color as you work across a row by dropping the yarn and picking up a new one. And stripes are just the beginning!. Get started painting your own simple intarsia picture as you learn how to prevent holes at color changes and how to keep several colors of yarn from tangling. Come see if painting with yarn is right for you.

Materials: 2 balls (40 yds each) and 1 ball (80 yds) of #5 (chunky-weight) yarn in complementary colors and 9mm/US13 needles.